Some hummingbirds instinctively fly south when the weather turns cold.
This one did the hitchhiking instead.
The tiny reddish hummingbird, just eight centimeters (just over three inches) long and weighing four grams, was the subject of an extensive rescue effort last month in the Canadian community of Prince George, about 500 miles north of Vancouver. , BC
As reported by CBC, the bird first caught the attention of Clive Keen, an experienced bird photographer and author of dozens of essays on the subject. He was first spotted by his wife, Susan, in early October. Since the weather was mild that month, the Keen assumed the hummer was holding back its journey south until the frost began.
But when Keen saw the hummingbird again in late October, after a snowfall and temperatures predicted as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit, he thought, ‘Clearly, he wouldn’t survive if he stayed around. I kept thinking …’ Sure, you’ll accept the clue and head south. ‘ But no, he kept spinning in my tree. “
After contacting the birding community across Canada for advice, she chose to lure the animal into a bird cage. After the Keen spent several hours watching and waiting, the bird flew into the cage and became trapped.
So what did the Keen do after? They turned on the car, turned on the heat, loaded the cage, and Susan Keen headed south. She drove nine hours to Vancouver. Maybe the hummingbird will head south from there on its own, or maybe it’ll stick around. While Prince George is inland and cold, Vancouver enjoys a milder maritime climate and some hummingbirds overwinter there. You released the little guy in a park.
“What can you do?” she said. “You have this little thing.” If left in the cold, she said, “he has no chance”.